Adelaide Strikers coach Darren Berry must face a Cricket Australia disciplinary board after he was reported over a verbal exchange with West Indies allrounder Marlon Samuels before Wednesday night’s Big Bash game at Etihad Stadium.
Berry was on Thursday reported for breaching Cricket Australia’s code of behaviour, which states "players and officials must not at any time engage in behaviour unbecoming to a representative player or official that could bring them or the game of cricket into disrepute or be harmful to the interests of cricket".
Berry could be fined up to $5750 if found guilty. The date and time of his hearing is yet to be set.
The charge is the second laid against an opposing coach from comments made either before or after a match involving Samuels, an import with the Melbourne Renegades.
The verbal clash, which happened during the warm-up before the game, came less than a fortnight after Brisbane Heat coach Darren Lehmann questioned the legitimacy of Samuels’ bowling action. Lehmann was later fined $3000, suspended for two years.
After the game, the Renegades said Samuels was unavailable for comment, while Berry would not discuss the issue.
The normally cool Samuels celebrated enthusiastically after taking two wickets late in the game by punching the air, but Renegades coach Simon Helmot said his import was just happy to contribute to the home side’s 48-run win.
Just as he did in the game against the Heat, when he conceded only 18 runs from his four overs, Samuels had the last laugh over Berry, as he claimed 3-16 from three overs to help the Renegades return to the top of the table.